Ways to let your skin have a happy holi!
“Colours” will always be the prompt reply if you ask someone what they love the best about Holi festival. Holi is round the corner. A vibrant and colourful festival, it is traditionally celebrated with water and gulaal. From splashing bucketfuls of water to enjoying mouthfuls of traditional sweets and thandai, the festival gets people of all age groups into a cheerful and celebratory mood. But come holi and your skin takes the worst beating of all. While you’re celebrating the festival to the best of your spirit, the harmful chemicals in colours take a toll on your skin. In addtion, the exposure to sun can leave your skin looking dry, damaged and dull. The best solution is to prepare your skin in advance for a happy Holi. Before you head out to indulge in the fun, make your skin Holi-ready. Follow these before and after tips and stay safe and happy.
- Skin being the largest organ in the body, it has thousands of pores. While the open pores allow the skin to breathe, they can also allow dust, grime and chemicals from the colours to get accumulated in the skin. This in turn leads to clogging of pores which results in acute cases of acne, bacteria growth, allergies, rashes, pimples, whiteheads and blackheads. To avoid this, rub ice over your skin before applying make-up. This will shrink the pores and help keep acne and other skin-related issues at bay.
- It’s safe to switch to organic colours to prevent damage to your skin. However, long hours of exposure to sun can still result in dark, dull, blemished and damaged skin. Application of waterproof sunscreen lotion with SPF 50 is a must before stepping out.
- Dry skin has a tendency to allow dust, dirt and chemicals to penetrate into the skin. This in turn causes irritation and redness to the skin. After applying sunscreen, wait for a few minutes before dabbing some drops of coconut or olive oil on your skin with a soft cotton ball. The moisture in the oil prevents the colours from harming your skin.
- We often tend to ignore our nails. If chemicals stick to the nails, it can cause damage to them. Apply at least two coats of nail polish to your nail beds to avoid discolouration of nails.
- Apply petroleum jelly to your lips, ears, eyelids, in between the fingers and toes and even your feet. These are parts that are cleaned the last and by the time you reach them, the colours start acting stubborn. Petroleum jelly or oil can be used as a protectant in this case. It will prevent the colours from settling in, while keeping your skin moisturised.
- Once you are done playing Holi, avoid scrubbing off the colours from your body as it will result in further drying and damaging your skin. Rinse your body with cold water; the oil applied helps in taking off some of the colour. Never wash your face or body with hot or even lukewarm water as it only adds to the dryness. After rinsing, apply some curd over your skin to soothe it.
- Trying to remove colours with plain water will result in the colours spreading all over instead of getting removed. Hence if you haven’t applied any oil over your skin, do not directly try to rinse it off with water. Take a good amount of olive or coconut oil in your hand and apply it onto your skin. Massage it well before you head to the shower and watch the colours flowing away! Oil moisturises your skin and prevents damage, as well as gets the colours off quickly.
- When it comes to nails, if you had applied two coats of nail paint and petroleum jelly or oil beforehand, then simply use acetone or nail polish remover to get the colours off. Leave your nails bare at least for a couple of days and moisturise well to keep them soft, supple and healthy.
- To get rid of the build-up of dirt and chemicals in your skin, use a scrub made with coffee and honey. Coffee being an excellent exfoliator, it helps boost blood circulation while cleansing the skin. Honey with its humectant properties hydrates the skin leaving your skin beautiful and glowing.